The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
"The Case of the Belligerent Ghost"
Originally aired November 15, 1954.
Watson is quite flustered after a man in distress dies in his care...only to find himself attacked by the very same dead man on Watson's way back home to Baker Street! So what does this have to do with daVinci's "Madonna on the Rocks" painting allegedly being stolen?
Written by Charles Early
Produced and Directed by Sheldon Reynolds
Ronald Howard ............. Sherlock Holmes
Howard Marion-Crawford .... Dr. John H. Watson (as H. Marion Crawford)
Archie Duncan ............. Inspector Lestrade
Lou Van Burg .............. Van Bentham
Gertrude Flynn ............ Maggie Blake (landlady)
Cecil Brock ............... Bobby (Constable Hawkin
In this episode of Sherlock Holmes, Watson is attacked by a man he believes to be a ghost, just hours after he sees the man die of a heart attack. That man's name is Albert Higgins and he works as a day watchman at the Pembroke Museum. When Holmes and Watson go to Higgins' apartment to investigate they meet his land lady, who insists that Watson brought Higgins home an hour later than Watson believes he did. Holmes also discovers that Higgins was a painter. Later, Holmes and Watson speak with Inspector Lestrade who confirms that Higgins body was brought in after 9, not 8 like Watson said, and tells them that Higgins was a counterfeiter. Holmes then learns that the famous da Vinci painting Moonlight Madonna is being displayed at the Pembroke Museum temporarily. Holmes is certain it has been stolen, but when Lestrade sends a man to check he returns saying the painting is still there. Holmes believes this to be a forgery, and after going to the museum and meeting the curator, Van Bentham, Holmes checks the painting and turns out to be correct. After this, Holmes takes Watson and they break into Bentham's home. They find the real painting, Bentham holds them at gunpoint while Holmes reveals that it had been Bentham pretending to be Higgins the night Watson was attacked, which explains the discrepancy in the time, and Bentham who stole the painting. Watson knocks Bentham down and they wait for the authorities.
The genre of this show could be described as a mystery or a crime show. The show was created by Sheldon Reynolds after he had the idea to adapt Arthur Conan Doyle's stories into a television series. The show was filmed in France for American first-run syndication. It had one season and 39 episodes, running from October 18, 1954 to October 17, 1955. Sherlock Holmes was played by Ronald Howard, Watson by Howard Marion-Crawford, and Inspector Lestrade by Archie Duncan. This show was produced by Guild Films and did not have a sponsor. This specific episode first aired on November 15, 1954.
Enjoyable, well-made episode, actually left me guessing for much of the episode. Somebody once called this series "Sherlock Holmes-lite", which sums it up, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
October 16, 2011 Subject:
Enjoyable! Liked this version of Watson
Nice story and really liked this version of Watson, so likeable. Holmes was good, although not the most engaging Holmes. The humor was fun and loved the ghost,not a ghost plot. Great download!
February 26, 2009 Subject:
Classic TV - A must for Holmes Fans
this site introduced me to Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes and I shall be for ever grateful. After watching the six episodes available here, I treated myself to all 37 episodes made on a DVD collection!!
The TV series was never shown in the UK until a few years ago when a satellite channel called Bonanza continually repeated 8 episodes on a daily basis before going bust, They have recently reappeared as the Young@heart channel, repeating the same 8 episodes.
Howard is excellent as Holmes and his Dr Watson is almost as funny as Nigel Bruce was with Basil Rathbone. Archie Duncan (Little John from the 50s British Robin Hood TV series) plays a brilliant, if somewhat grumpy, Inspector Lestrade. The story lines are a little stilted and very dated but all in all, these shows are television history at its best.